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Trigger finger is a condition where thickening of the finger tendons cause the finger to “catch” or get stuck while the patient attempts to straighten the affected finger. Tendons are rope-like structures that connect muscles to bone and allow for joint function. With repetitive movements, the tendons in the finger(s) can become inflamed and cause “catching” type symptoms, but eventually can “lock” the finger(s) in place.
Repetitive movement of the tendon causes inflammation. You may notice your finger(s) getting stuck or locking into place as you try to move them.
To help relieve the symptoms, the doctor may recommend a steroid injection as well as anti-inflammatory medications. To allow the tendon to glide smoothly once again, surgical release of the tendon may be required. During the operation, your surgeon will widen the opening of the tendon allowing for better mobility of the finger. While this surgery is done in a hospital setting, you should be able to go home that day as this is an outpatient procedure.
If you would like more information on trigger finger, we invite you to review an educational website endorsed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.